Definition of delinquency in US English:

delinquency

noun

  • 1Minor crime, especially that committed by young people.

    ‘social causes of crime and delinquency’
    • ‘There was a sentimental love for an old con, an eager romanticising of gaol and crime and social delinquency.’
    • ‘In some cases, relative income deprivation may also contribute to the growth of significant social problems, including crime, delinquency, and high rates of suicide and drug use.’
    • ‘In doing so, crime and delinquency are seen as the consequence of individual pathology and association with a ‘bad crowd.’’
    • ‘Media reports on youth crime and delinquency regularly paint a picture of undisciplined and dangerous young people with negative attitudes towards authority.’
    • ‘It regards lack of social control as a determinant of crime and delinquency, including runaway as an early sign.’
    • ‘The research center was launched to assist in the reduction of juvenile crime and delinquency in Texas, according to officials.’
    • ‘Rather, both traditions framed crucial social policies in such areas as education, child welfare, delinquency, imprisonment, crime prevention, and mental health.’
    • ‘The questionnaire consists of 64 items which fall under the following categories: serious crimes, delinquency, drug use, and school and family offenses.’
    • ‘Theorists should acknowledge the role and importance of the peer group in explanations of crime and delinquency.’
    • ‘These programs, called Blueprints, have been shown to reduce adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse.’
    • ‘Since the latter half of the nineteenth century, the police have been the foremost public authorities who regulate juvenile crime and delinquency.’
    • ‘A council has been blamed for a man's fall into delinquency and crime which led to a life sentence in prison.’
    • ‘Crime and delinquency among our young people would have been at a minimum today if heads of all religious faiths and homes had the respect and admiration of those under their charge.’
    • ‘Gender is no barrier to delinquency and crime committed by youth.’
    • ‘These expectations are consistent with the observation that departure from their own culture would increase the risk of crime and delinquency.’
    • ‘These are the girls who are vulnerable to getting caught in crime, delinquency and early sexuality.’
    • ‘There was no crime or childhood delinquency on her record.’
    • ‘While urban police are the public officials who most directly regulate juvenile crime and delinquency, their work has rarely been considered in histories of juvenile justice.’
    • ‘The question on crime and delinquency was particularly nice.’
    • ‘If this sort of relationship did not happen then maternal deprivation resulted which could lead to crime and delinquency.’
    crime, wrongdoing, criminality, lawbreaking, lawlessness, misconduct, misbehaviour
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    1. 1.1formal Neglect of one's duty.
      ‘he relayed this in such a manner as to imply grave delinquency on the host's part’
      • ‘The folks at are charged with contributing to the delinquency of the film-makers, who were likely duped into believing this could become a satisfying monster movie.’
      negligence, dereliction of duty, remissness, neglectfulness, irresponsibility
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    2. 1.2US A failure to pay an outstanding debt.
      • ‘Consumer lending was strong, but there were some increases in consumer and business loan delinquencies.’
      • ‘We expect a surge in credit card delinquencies going forward.’
      • ‘That could lead to more mortgage delinquencies or defaults.’
      • ‘Rising delinquencies reduce cash inflow from debt payments and increase collection expenses.’
      • ‘Loan delinquencies have steadily risen in the past 24 months, to the point where nearly 1 in 20 home loans is delinquent - one of the highest rates in the past decade.’
      • ‘This theorem accounts for both the unexplainable growth in outstandings and the lack of delinquencies!’
      • ‘In addition to getting a re-sale certificate, the buyer also should get a sales tax clearance, to avoid being stuck with the seller's sales tax delinquencies.’
      • ‘Managed delinquencies declined from 4.97% to 4.80% during the quarter.’
      • ‘Today, despite record levels of additional Consumer Credit, we see rising delinquencies and charge-offs, particularly with the marginal ‘subprime’ lenders.’
      • ‘This is fine during boom times, but delinquencies and repossessions can soar when the economy declines, obviously rendering the lender less inclined to extend credit in the future.’
      • ‘Still, it reported in a recent filing that it, too, is bracing for more delinquencies and charge-offs.’
      • ‘However, an increase in total consumer debt increases revolving delinquencies.’
      • ‘Already, credit-card delinquencies are at record levels.’
      • ‘Credit card delinquencies increased 26 basis points during the month to 5.30%, up from last year's 4.83%.’
      • ‘The empirical model for explaining delinquencies is similar to the one for explaining bankruptcies.’
      • ‘The following sections provide modeling examples at the local level for two distinct observations: personal bankruptcy and loan delinquencies.’
      • ‘The three-year drop in mortgage rates has also offset the stagnant job market's effect on mortgage delinquencies.’
      • ‘Managed delinquencies increased nine basis points sequentially to 4.88%, but were down 21 basis points year-over-year.’
      • ‘Other trust data confirm that most lenders faced rising charge-offs and delinquencies during November, providing strong confirmation of expanding subprime Credit card deterioration.’
      • ‘The next year, similar trends could see $15 million of delinquencies and losses.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin delinquentia, from Latin delinquent- ‘offending’ (see delinquent).

Pronunciation

delinquency

/dəˈlɪŋkwənsi//dəˈliNGkwənsē/